Sometimes it’s great to think outside of the box a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day. If your loved one is expecting the traditional gift of a card, flowers, chocolates or a cute cuddly something, surprise them with a gift equally as lovely, but with a little twist on the traditional theme.
A Personalised Book
Buy the book (with free next day delivery for Prime members) and fill in the pages as you are prompted by the printed text. A great way to tell your loved one just why they are so special to you, without worrying about ‘finding the right words’ as you will get plenty of help as you complete the book. A lovely twist on the Valentine’s Day card theme.
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There are several places who offer chocolate making and tasting sessions, including Red Letter Days, available all over the UK, a must buy if this is something you know your loved one would adore!
Instead of investing in a cuddly toy to express your love, why not go shopping for a silky number she will love!
ASOS have a wide selection of PJ’s to choose from, and they are great for both summer and winter nightwear, as well as small and lightweight for traveling with. Nothing says sensuous and luxurious like silk!
A Nordgreen Watch
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A watch is also a remarkable Valentine’s gift. Why not surprise your partner with a minimalist watch from Nordgreen?
They’re a Danish brand that has both women and men’s watches and they work directly with Jakob Wagner, a very well-known designer in Scandinavia.
Apart from an exceptional design, they offer a ‘Giving Back’ program. Meaning that buying one of their watches you donate a percentage of the watch’s price to one of their 3 partner NGOs.
From £144 you can get a bundle which includes a watch with two extra interchangeable straps of your choice. Buy them online here for men and for women!
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Romantic Night In Gift Set
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You could make a romantic night in gift box yourself, and fill it with things you and your partner will enjoy, or you can buy a pre-made box like this selection from Aromabar and available on Amason at under £15 each. Either way, your significant other will appreciate the thought that goes into accommodating both parties on Valentines Day.
A Gift For Yourself
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It’s important to remind yourself how special you are at this time of year too, and remember never to neglect your own health and beauty.
Love yourself always, and invest in you with a new range of hair care from Shea Moisture, containing charcoal that will keep your hair and scalp feeling fresh and full of life. With shampoo, conditioner and hair masque available, build-ups, dirt and unwanted oils will be washed away while leaving your natural barriers intact to allow long-lasting comfort. Ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Charcoal, African Black Soap and Willow Bark Extract feel soothing on your skin, making the shampoo perfect for those with itchy or irritated scalps.
Your skin can also receive a boost of vitality with Embryolisse Anti-Aging Firming Cream. This cream deals with every aspect of ageing; containing dermatological active ingredients, collagen and hyaluronic acid this cream gives the skin more substance, by plumping and smoothing the skin. Your skin will become more elastic and toned, moisturized and nourished giving it that much desired youthful glow.
With the weeks ahead looking seriously toasty, the glorious British summer is about to finally begin.
It’s time to unleash your inner Gallic goddess this winter, as cult French pharmacy brand launch their bestselling Lait-Crème Concentre in an exclusive Paris edition.
2016 saw a decrease in cosmetic surgery procedures, for the first time in a decade as 40% less people opted for invasive treatments, according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Coupled with that, it was reported that 7 million pounds was paid out in compensation for botched cosmetic surgery over the past decade. With less people opting to go under the knife, and with so many alternative, non-evasive enhancements on the market – we’ve rounded up the best.
Say No To...Dermal Fillers
A shot a day keeps needles at bay. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails (£24.99, Boots) is a daily 50ml liquid vitamin supplement that contains 7000 mg of marine collagen, resveratrol, Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, silicon, selenium and vitamins. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails is scientifically formulated to help maintain and support healthy skin, hair and nails. It’s liquid formula hits the blood stream quickly, and leaves skin plump, revitalised and healthy.
Say No To...Restylane
Fake Bake Beauty Lip Inflate (£14.95, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) This 2-phase product allows you to prescribe your own pout. Mix either one, two or three drops of the Collagen Plumping Mixer with the Collagen Plumping Gloss. It contains an effective peptide that signals the lip to produce more collagen. Glycerin gives a plump, hydrated look while a clever copolymer creates the illusion of smoothness. Just mix, apply and maximise!
Say No To...Laser
RosehipPLUS® Rosehip Oil 50ml (£25, www.treatyourskin.com) contains naturally occurring bioflavonoids and essential fatty acids. Bioflavonoids act as potent antioxidants, helping to reduce free radical damage in the skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections and stretch marks. The essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9) in the oil help to keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and younger looking.
Say No To...Tattooed Brows
The universal Know Cosmetics No Bare Brows (£12.50, Lloyds Pharmacy) is a 4 in 1 eyebrow shaping kit that transforms your brows from bland to beautiful. With a universal brow colour at one end and invisible taming wax at the opposite end, No Bare BrowsTM/MC works for everyone. Caps with built-in sharpener and brush keep all brow tools conveniently together to create brows that wow factor – no needles needed.
Say No To.... Blepharoplasty
Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care (£24.99, Boots) targets wrinkles, circles and bags. It makes the eyes look rested and more youthful by soothing wrinkles and fine lines and by combating bags and circles under the eyes. This high performance eye care product combining hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturiser, vitamins A and E, and a selection of soothing and regenerating active plant ingredients (sesame, cornflower and meristem). Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour has a light cream consistency which can be worn alone or layered under makeup and leaves the eyes looking more rested and youthful with the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles visibly diminished.
Say No To... Botox
This anti-ageing treatment from Skin D-Luxe (£10, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) is designed for targeted areas that show the tell tale signs of time. Fight fine lines around eyes, lips and forehead with this powerhouse product. A wonderful cocktail of anti-ageing retinol and soy fibre, combine with wrinkle-relaxing peptides and blurring agents for a smoother, softer and show-stoppingly gorgeous look.
If you’re looking to improve your skin and have soft, supple glowing complexion like many A-listers including Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Keegan, Karlie Kloss and Ariana Grande then reach for the new Foaming Cleanser from Embryolisse - the legendary skincare brand developed in Paris by French Dermatologists.
Embryolisse previously only available in specialist French pharmacies and niche beauty stores, Embryolisse was the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to cult skin care.
When it comes to skincare routines, it can be a little hard to decide on the best routine to undertake as we’re daily fed with so many different ‘tips and tricks’ to getting the best skin.
PSST...THE CELEB BEAUTY SECRETS.
Sharing secrets is what BFF’s do, well we might not be BFF’s with many of these ladies but they are some of our favourite celebs. Read on to be let into the secret, and PSST… It is okay to share it with your BFF.
A cream that has stood the test of time Embryollisse Lait Crème is the 24-hour miracle cream. A multi-tasker extraordinaire, it is a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream and a baby-care product.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, £20, Boots
This cream is really, really good!! not to brag but our #bff’s Emma Willis, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Stewart, Elle McPherarson, Rosie Fortescue, Sam Faiers, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Keegan swears by it and you don’t get better than that.
Karlie Kloss: “Embryolisse is where it’s at.”
Emma Willis: “I swear by Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser, I love this French moisturize
Looking for that hot bit of gossip to share with your mates, then tell them that you got this straight from Megan McKenna, “I just want to show you something I use on a night out. They're called sticky Heelz. Your feet won’t slip around when dancing’
Have fun girls and dance the night away!!
Sticky Heelz, £6.99, Boots.com
They say, you got to “Fake it till you make it” well we agree, and so do these celebs. You gotta Fake Bake it!! until you can spend you days basking in the sun.
Ellie Goulding; “Thank you Fake Bake, my tan is looking sweet for my shoot today” Vicky Pattison; “I don't know what I'd do without my Fake Bake spray tans” Charlotte Crosby; “We just got our tans did using the one and only Fake Bake” hook up your mates and get your “tans did” like Ellie, Vicky and Charlotte at Fake Bake, www.fakebake.co.uk
Lord and Berry may not be a secret, but it sure is the beauty secret to these ladies’ signature look, Claudia Winkleman, Anja Rubik, Michelle Keegan, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Charlotte Crosby, loves it.
My beauty secret is…, can you guess? “Black eyeliner is my signature look, I love the Lord and Berry range, which are very long -lasting. Claudia Winkleman
Lord & Berry Polish Eyeliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com
With its glossy properties glides onto the eyes, leaving a light-reflecting finish resembling a high-shine liquid eyeliner while maintaining the smudge ability and easy application of a pencil.
Another Lord and Berry fan is Anja Rubik "Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner in Bare is my must-have. It's a pinky brown that works perfectly with my lip colour. I use it to overdraw my lip a little by the cupid's bow and on the bottom, but you can't even tell it's there. It just enhances your lips but no one will know you're wearing it. You'll see the difference, though. Just...better!”
Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com
Easy-to-use in a brand-new round-shape, the formula is enriched with LXB complex to soften and protect the skin.
Michelle Keegan’s secret attributes her lovely shiny glossy hair, healthy skin and strong nails to LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails. “All you have to do is drink one every day for glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails” Michelle Keegan
LQ Liquid Health Skin Hair & Nails, £29.99, Boots.com
This is a liquid supplement to be taken once a day. With an abundance of healthy and good things for you like Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Resveratrol + Silicon + Glucosamine + Selenium to transform your appearance.
Okay so we love going to the nail salon to get our nails done, but truthfully sometimes we just got to stay within budget. That is why we love Fearne Cotton’s secret; “I saw a couple of bloggers writing about SensatioNail. It really appealed to me as I love having my nails done especially a gel nail as it lasts longer. As time is so limited these days especially being a parent, the fact that SensatioNail Polish to Gel can be done at home is simply genius and a real game changer for me.”
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer, £49.99, Boots.com
Yes!! Now this is something for our next BFF pyjama party, our very own at-home kit Polish to Gel kit that turns any nail polish into a long-lasting, super-shiny gel polish.
We all know that a bad hair day can ruin your whole day, well not for these ladies; Sarah Jane Crawford: “I love SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (£12.99) and their Coconut and Hisbiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner (£10.99) because it’s natural and organic and you can get it in Boots!
Kassius Nelson: “I’ve got so many SheaMoisture products – they are great for curly hair. It’s an all-natural, cruelty free brand and keeps my hair frizz free and moisturised.
SheaMoisture Collection, from £10.99, Boots.com
SheaMostuire is the best-selling US cult haircare range with certified organic and natural ingredients, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and fair trade. With six ranges, there is something for all hair types from Afro hair, Mixed Textures, European Hair, Asian Hair and everything in-between.
There you have it ladies, when it comes to beauty nothing is really, ever a secret, because we Sista’s gotta stand together and share the Beauty Love. #celebbeautysecret
With 2017 a few weeks away it is good to set out our resolutions early and as the beauty diva’s, that we are, the best place to start is our beauty bag. So here is us, giving you a handy push in getting your beauty resolutions sorted with all the tools you will need to give your beauty bag a 2017 refresh!
Smile with confidence this New Year, with Instant Whites Home kit a 7 day teeth whitening system that is sleek and mess free! The kit includes a 7-day supply of uniquely filled swaps that are clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 9 shades in just 7 days and at a price of £29.99 it is a steal.
Up to 9 shades lighter, I will be smiling from ear- to-ear all day every day at any stranger that passes me by.
The one thing that we as women do best is to Prim and Prime, that is why in 2017 it should be top of our goal list.
This New Year invest in an effective Micellar cleanser from the Cult beauty brand Embryolisse’s. Renowned for their unique formulas that nourish and moisturise your skin. Embryolisse creates products that does not disappoint when it comes to prepping your skin.
Our second fav product from the brand is the Embryolisse CC cream. The perfect base, with its unique skin adapting technology, the formula matches your own skin tone leaving you with the picture-perfect look.
Offering a complete skincare treatment, as it moisturises and smooths out the outer layers of your skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which helps the skin to retain essential moisture whilst the Biosaccaride restructures the skin and helps to protect against premature ageing.
Brilliant product! as it is formulated to ensure your skin always looks fresh. Saving you all those hours, you spend trying to match the correct colour for your skin tone. You now have no reason not to sparkle in 2017 with glowing white teeth and a radiant skin.
Any make-up addict will tell you, that quality tools are essential, because you do not want to be buying new tools every week.
So, to remain the best version of You, invest in quality products and Brushworks can offer you that. They have an amazing selection of quality brushes and sponges in all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices. Making it easy for you, even on a tight budget, to enjoy the finer things at affordable prices.
We all know that having the right brush, means creating the perfect look for day or night is as easy as one, two, three!! We urge you to make this note right at the top of your resolution list, “Throw out all those old make-up brushes and sponge and invest in Brushworks tools.”
This resolution is simple, you are a lady so elegance is what you need even if you think you do not want it. The following products all in Gold, one of the most expensive metals on earth, will add a touch of elegance to your beauty regime in 2017
Whether it’s a slight tinted glow from Fake Bake or the perfect rose gold tweezers from Rubis (because yes tweezers can be pretty too). These luxury tweezers are like no other! Steeped in heritage and even used by Rolex to insert rubies into their masterpieces. It is safe to say these are the tweezers of all tweezers.
Ring in 2017 with sheer opulence and decadence! With just a spritz of Monsoon Rose Gold If that hasn’t tempted you then this certainly will - a spritz of Monsoon Rose gold. This delectable rose themed fragrance is infused with crisp top notes and smothered in warming vanilla base notes to keep you smelling amazing all day and night.
We are all creatures of habit and we all have our go to look, that never disappoints. Perhaps it is your favourite eye shadow stick or that lipstick shade you love.
Throw caution to the wind this New Year and add a shot of something new to your beauty bag.
We know that trying out new colours can be daunting and often make you feel like picking the perfect vamp purples or cobalt blues are as much stress as figuring out how you are ever going to believe in love again now Brangelina are over. With the party season fast approaching It’s not as scary as it seems to try out a few new looks by simply selecting a shade lighter or darker from your classic look so you can subtlety test out what suits you best.
Lord and Berry have the perfect solution with their newest eye shadow range called Reglam sticks. These little wonders are perfect, to take that leap of change in 2017. Add the dark shade to the corners of your eyes to make your eyes smoulder or lighten the inner of your eyes with an iridescent pearl tone to achieve that wide-eyed look.
Happy New You and yes have a beautiful 2017!!!